2. Section 36 of the Road Traffic Act (referred to in this Act as the principal Act) is amended —
by deleting subsections (1) and (2) and substituting the following subsections:
“(1) A driving licence shall not be granted to any applicant unless he passes the prescribed test of competence to drive.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the Deputy Commissioner of Police may grant a driving licence to an applicant who satisfies him that at some time within 3 years before the date on which he makes the application he has held a driver’s certificate or licence issued by the competent authority in any country authorising him to drive motor vehicles of the class or description which he would be authorised to drive by the licence applied for.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), for the purpose of enabling the applicant for a driving licence to learn to drive a motor vehicle with a view to passing a test under this section, the Deputy Commissioner of Police may, if so requested by the applicant and on payment of the prescribed fee, grant to the applicant a provisional licence to be in force for a period of 6 months, which licence shall be in the prescribed form and granted subject to the prescribed conditions; and if any person to whom such a provisional licence is granted fails to comply with any of the conditions subject to which it is granted, he shall be guilty of an offence.
(4) A provisional licence to drive a motor cycle shall not be granted to any applicant after the commencement of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Act 1985 unless he has completed a prescribed course of training to enable him to obtain a provisional licence.”; and
by renumbering the existing subsections (3) and (4) as subsections (5) and (6), respectively.